On August 26th, 2011 lightning from passing storm struck on the north side of Mt. Hood, igniting a wildfire that would burn for more than a month. The Dollar Lake fire spouted plumes of smoke as it burned greater than 6,300 acres. At the time, Washington was experiencing clear skies, so I decided to drive down to Oregon to see if the smoke would create some interesting conditions. I drove up an extinct shield volcano, Larch Mountain (a misnomer since no Western Larches are found here) so see what the conditions were like and decided to stay for sunset.
As the sun hangs low in the sky, the last rays of the evening illuminate the Noble Firs lining a steep precipice. In the distance, Mt. Hood and the smoky haze from the Dollar Lake wildfire below glow pink.
Mt. Hood from Larch Mountain - Oregon